• Jun 3rd 2008 at 10:02AM
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We're expecting to see the redesigned 911 unveiled later this week, but Autocar's spies have caught the next iteration of the GT3 RS running at the Nurburgring ahead of its unveiling later next year. As is often the case with Porsche, it's hard to discern any substantive differences between this newest version of the GT3 RS and the current model, but when the new 911 makes its debut, it'll be wearing a redesigned front bumper, along with LED headlights and taillights, all of which will carry over to the GT3 RS.
Granted, these subtle changes aren't that compelling, but Porsche has big plans for what's underneath the new model's sheet metal. The GT3 RS will supposedly be packing another 40 hp over the outgoing model, developing 450 hp at peak output. However, there's been considerable debate about whether or not the GT3 RS' engine will be equipped with direct-injection, considering it's traditionally been based off the GT1 racecar. Harnessing those extra ponies will be a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission (Porsche Doppel Kupplung or PDK in Porsche parlance) that will provide seamless and ultra-quick shifts through steering wheel-mounted paddles. Purists might complain about a lack of a manual gearbox, but that's what purists do. So expect a manual version to be an option when it goes on sale in late 2009 or early 2010.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      "Porsche Doppel Kupplung"

      Awesome name.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Purists might complain about a lack of a manual gearbox, but that's what purists do."

        • 7 Years Ago
        That technology is just making up for how bad someone sucks at driving.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ mk,

        Great comments. It's unfortunate that advancing auto technology is essentially there to account for increasing public stupidity/lack-of-driving-skill. However, the electronic nannies are nice, even for the skilled folk who just want to go from A to B once in a while. It's too bad not everyone is coming from the skilled-side of things......our roads would be much safer.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Robert & MK: Electronic aids compensate for the errors of bad drivers, no doubt about it, because that's by and large what they are designed to do. At the same time, they also inspire confidence in good drivers, and encourage them to operate in a larger performance envelope. That's pretty much the verdict of the Edmunds article I mentioned above, especially in regards to their review of the Lotus Elise.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They are gonna need the PDK in the Turbo if they want to gain back some of those seconds against the GT-R.
      • 7 Years Ago
      it better watch out for that Blue HHR SS automatic!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Put that drivetrain into a wide-body Cayman S, with a limited slip diff, and tuned up suspension...

      THAT would be a fantastic car.

      The 911 GT3 is stellar as-is, do not get me wrong... but imagine a mid-engine layout instead of longer, heavier, and rear-pendulum engined...
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't know if I would go that far. I think the 911 still has a place.

        I think they should let the 911 soldier on as the 2+2. I'd love to see them go with the mid-engined chassis as the 2-seat sports car, both above and below the 911's price points, basically by applying the performance equipment that they have to the cayman's chassis, and perhaps updating the bodywork on the top-end models, kind of half-way between where the Cayman is now, and the Carrera GT used to be.

        If they modify the rear half of the mid-engined chassis, perhaps they could even fit their V8 engines in it, as well as the boxer 6s.

        A 911 turbo engine in a Cayman is interesting... but hot-running. not exactly a lot of cooling space under there, and it isn't exactly right inside the rear bumper cover, it is really underneath the middle of the car.

        Personally, a naturally-aspirated 450hp flat six seems like a fantastic option.

        I love turbos, but there is something to be said for the throttle response and purity of a naturally aspirated engine that revs freely, and 450hp is A LOT.

        In a mid-engined handling chassis that is relatively light weight, and purpose built to be a sports car... seems sublime.

        I am sure the 911 GT3 is sublime, as well, but the Cayman chassis seems like the more optimized by design. No extra length for rear seats (even if the seats themselves are gone, the space and weight of more bodywork is still there.) no extra rear weight bias or inertia effects, or overhang for a rear-engine configuration.

        Porsche has a gem in the cayman's chassis, IMHO, it is unfortunate that they refuse to let it parallel the 911's engine options.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Or heck, even the 911 Turbo drivetrain!

        Yes, the 911 is an iconic car and platform, but maybe there just isn't enough to be gotten out of it, look at what Nissan's done with a clean slate, and what Audi's done with a clean slate.

        Porsche, time to move on
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